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How the key person approach supports children’s development

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Samantha Greenhow

on 29 March 2016

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Transcript of How the key person approach supports children’s development

LA D: Key learning point
The key person approach supports the five different areas of a child’s development:
Emotional development: they will develop a bond with children so that they feel more safe and secure
Language development: a child may feel more confident with an adult they know well and therefore more likely to communicate with them.
Physical development: the key person will know what the child enjoys and what they can do.

Why is this is important when the adult is planning for physical activity?

Social development: although each child will have a named key person in the setting, children will develop relationships with other adults and children.

How can the key person support children to extend their social contacts?

Supporting the Child
Discuss ways that the key person can support children starting nursery.

1) Produce some guidelines for a nursery setting.

2) Produce a leaflet for parents explaining how the key person will help their child to settle in to a nursery.
Supporting children through the ‘key person’ approach
What can the key person do to get to know the child and their family?

It is important that the key person knows about the child’s needs and their interests before they start nursery.

What ways can a key person can find out about and understand the needs and interests of children?
Supporting children through the ‘key person’ approach
forms for parents to complete identifying any particular care needs
visiting the child and family in their home
arranging a visit to the nursery
observing the child before they start nursery and as they settle in
active listening.

D.2 How the key person approach supports children’s development
How the key person approach supports children’s development:

• Emotional development is supported as young children are prevented from becoming distressed when separated from parent/carer, e.g. key person understands children’s individual emotional needs and ways to comfort them, children feel more secure.

● Language development is supported, e.g. children communicate more to people with whom they have a strong relationship, key person knows how best to communicate with child

● Children’s learning is supported, e.g. key person knows children’s interests, children feel more confident to try new experiences and explore

● Physical development is supported, e.g. key person is aware of the child’s stage of development, recognises suitable equipment and resource

Social development is supported as children learn to make relationships beyond their family circle, e.g. key person approach helps children to develop relationships with others in the setting.

Personal Experiences
Share own experiences of starting a new setting at an early age (e.g. starting primary school).
Supporting Interests
Why is it important to know children’s interests?
How the key person approach supports children’s development
Unit 3
Design a form to capture information from the parent about their child’s interests and needs.
Supporting a Child's Interests
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